Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO)

"Improving Health Worldwide"

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Introduction of GAPIO

It is estimated that there are 1.2 million physicians of Indian Origin working in many countries of the world apart from India. There are 125,500 Physicians of Indian Origin working in the English speaking Western world (USA, UK, Australia and Canada combined), with the major constituent being from USA and UK. Between 10-30% of the physicians working in USA, UK, Canada and Australia have their roots in India. There are also significant number of Indian Physicians working in Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.

This substantial workforce of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help mobilize significant developments in the health field globally. This strong Diaspora of Indian doctors who are highly respected and powerful, need a common professional platform. There is a need for greater visibility and cohesion of these physicians. Their combined intellectual and technical strength can also be vital force in the development of the Indian healthcare sector.

V Annual Conference

V Annual Conference of GAPIO was successfuly held on 10th - 11th January 2015 at Chandigarh.

More than 300 delegates from overseas and India attended the Conference. Many pragmatic decisions were taken during the Executive Committee meeting held on 10th January 2015. Dr. Sanku Rao, President - GAPIO shared his views with members of Executive Council and members of President’s Council regarding  Aragonda project and summarized his plans about the other areas which are important for GAPIO like control of NCDs, Dialysis in Chronic Kidney disease, Obesity etc. Dr. Ramesh Mehta emphasised on the need to create a forum for young physicians under the banner of GAPIO. He also emphasized the role of communication through electronic media. Dr. Anupam Sibal suggested formation of certain committees i.e. GAPIO stand on National Health Policy, Training and Research and GAPIO awards. Special Invitees to the President’s Council shared their views and ideas to take forward the agenda of GAPIO.

Renowned National and International faculty covered seven clinical sessions comprising of Cardiac Sciences, Gastroenterology and Liver Transplantation, Diabetes, Paediatrics, Neurosciences, Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation and Oncology which were highly appreciated by delegates.

Press conference was addressed by Dr. Sanku Rao, President – GAPIO, Dr. Ramesh Mehta, Vice President – GAPIO and Dr. Anupam Sibal, Secretary General – GAPIO along with the leadership of IMA.

Ms. Vini Mahajan, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Punjab inaugurated the conference.

Messages received from Shri. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Shri. J. P. Nadda, Hon’ble Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare wishing success to the conference were read during the evening function. Message from Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Founder President of GAPIO was played during this function.

In order to bring awareness about Obesity and nutrition, a “GAPIO Obesity Health Walk” was organised at 7:30 AM on 11th January, 2015.

Life Time Achievement Award was conferred on two distinguished reputed personalities; Dr. Vinay Aggarwal from India and Dr. Gautam Bodiwala from UK in recognition of their significant contribution to healthcare in India and overseas.

GAPIO Service Excellence Award was conferred on eight doctors from different states in India for their contribution to community service and enhancement of membership of GAPIO.

Evening function concluded with Dinner and Entertainment Program.

One I-Pad and One Samsung Galaxy Note – 3 Neo were won by Dr. Shashi Saini and Dr. Arvind Gupta respectively as lucky prizes. Four Club Mahindra Holiday Coupons were also drawn and won by delegates who stayed till end of the conference. 

IV Annual Conference

Kolkata: India is facing an epidemic of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, according to Dr. Prathap C Reddy, chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group and founder president of Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO).

“India is facing an epidemic of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It is estimated that by 2020, cardiovascular disease will be the cause of over 40 per cent deaths in India as compared to 24 per cent in 1990. By 2030, India will have the largest number of diabetic patients and will become the capital of diabetic patients in world. This is a dubious distinction that we do not need,” Dr Reddy said while speaking at a two-day international conference of GAPIO that began on January 11 here to discuss solutions in healthcare for improving health worldwide.

Addressing the delegates, Amit Mitra, minister of finance, commerce and industry, Govt of West Bengal, said he supported the idea of mass health insurance at a very low cost premium, availability of low cost generic medicines through public distribution system for public at large and role of telemedicine in providing healthcare to people in remote areas.

During the conference US-based gastroenterologist Dr Sanku Rao took over as president of GAPIO; UK-based paediatrician and neonatologist Dr Ramesh Mehta as vice president; Dr Anupam Sibal, paediatric gastroenterologist, hepatologist and group medical director of Apollo Hospitals, as secretary general Dr Nandakumar Jairam, chairman, Columbia Asia Hospitals, as joint secretary and US-based allergist and immunologist Dr Sudhir Parikh as treasurer.

Dr Rao informed the delegates that GAPIO had assisted in developing a web portal known as ( in collaboration with American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), USA and British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), UK to provide essential healthcare services at various locations in India with the help of doctors from India and overseas.

“The website will act as a matchmaking portal where Indian medical diaspora can view and apply for these opportunities put up on this portal by various state governments,” he said.
The conference was attended by over 300 delegates from India and overseas particularly from US, UK, Australia, Russia, Africa and Middle East. Renowned national and international faculty spoke at seven clinical sessions comprising of cardiac sciences, neurosciences, diabetes, gastroenterology and liver transplantation, robotics, nephrology/kidney transplantation and oncology, according to a statement by GAPIO.

At the conference Dr Sandip Mukerjee — Dr B C Roy National Awardee, former honorary surgeon to the President of India and past president of Delhi State Chapter, Association of Surgeons of India — and Dr Sudhir Parikh were honoured with the GAPIO Lifetime Achievement Awards. GAPIO Service Excellence Award was given to 14 GAPIO members.

GAPIO was envisaged by Dr Prathap Reddy; Dr Sanku Rao, past president, AAPI; and Dr Ramesh Mehta, president, BAPIO. It was launched in New Delhi in January 2011 to bring together 1.2 million physicians of Indian origin in the world on one professional platform. This substantial work force of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help to mobilize significant developments in the healthcare globally.

GAPIO has representation from 26 countries at present.


3rd Annual Conference

Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin holds its annual conference in Kerala

Delegates across the globe will launch screening programs in non-communicable diseases which is set to achieve representation from 30 countries

Physicians of Indian origin from across the globe congregated at the third annual conference of Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) in Kochi, Kerala, with a vision to improve healthcare worldwide from 1st to 3rd January 2013. GAPIO was launched in January 2011 to bring together 1.2 million physicians of Indian origin in the world on one professional platform. This substantial workforce of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help to mobilize significant developments in the healthcare globally. GAPIO already has representation from 15 countries in the President’s Council.
Speaking on the occasion of 3rd Annual conference at Kochi, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, President, GAPIO said “establishing itself as an association of the Indian medical diaspora, GAPIO is marching ahead to impact global healthcare. The moment has arrived for the Indian doctor to take a lead in shaping the contours of global health scenario”.


GAPIO will launch a comprehensive screening program for non-communicable diseases in Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh as a pilot which will then be replicated in other parts of the country according to Dr Reddy. GAPIO would like to work closely with the Government of India and different state governments in screening programs highlighted Dr Reddy.
Dr Sanku Rao, Vice President, GAPIO announced the plastic surgery program that will be held in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh in January where more than 100 patients will undergo free surgery.
According to Dr. Ramesh Mehta, Secretary General, GAPIO, an exchange program to facilitate senior faculty exchange across institutions in India and other countries will also be launched this year.

“The President Council of GAPIO has resolved to draw a large number of members from the fields of research and academics this year to help achieve its objectives. GAPIO will also focus on encouraging young physicians to participate in exchange programs across the globe” said Dr Anupam Sibal Joint Secretary, GAPIO.

Having held conferences in Delhi, Birmingham, Hyderabad, New Jersey and Kochi, GAPIO will hold its 3rd midyear conference at Los Angeles in June 2013 to carry forward the agenda of the organisations. By the end of 2013, GAPIO will have representatives from more than 30 countries.

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